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College Adaptive Sports Programs

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Updated June 08, 2012

Colleges that are trying to attract those with disabilities are recognizing a need for offering adaptive sports programs as part of a well-rounded academic experience for their students. Adaptive sports provide athletes with a feeling of accomplishment, fortitude, teamwork and determination, as well as helping these individuals lead healthier lives.

The following colleges offer adaptive sports programs that include athletes who use wheelchairs or other ambulatory devices during participation of a particular sport.

Alabama - University of Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers men's and women's wheelchair basketball, tennis, adapted golf and rowing.

  • University of Alabama
  • Office of Disability Services
  • 133B Martha Parham East
  • Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
  • Phone: (305) 348-4285
  • TTY: (305) 348-3081
  • Wheelchair Athletics Website: http://uads.weebly.com/index.html

Arizona - University of Arizona

The University of Arizona's Adaptive Athletics department offers men's and women's wheelchair basketbal, quad rugby, tennis and track and road racing.

  • Disability Resource Center
  • The University of Arizona
  • 1224 East Lowell Street
  • Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Phone: (520) 621-3268 (TTY)
  • Fax: (520) 621-9423
  • Email: uadrc@email.arizona.edu
  • Adaptive Athletics Website: http://drc.arizona.edu/athletics

Illinois - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne offers men's and women's wheelchair basketball, wheelchair track, and summer camps to develop wheelchair sports.

  • University of Illinois
  • Office of Disability Services
  • 1207 S. Oak St.
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: (217) 333-1970
  • TTY: (217) 244-9738
  • Fax: (217) 333-0248
  • Email: disability@illinois.edu
  • Adaptive Athletics Website: http://disability.illinois.edu/athletics

Missouri - University of Missouri

The University of Missouri offers men's wheelchair basketball. The athletics department offers these players a private team fitness room.

  • The University of Missouri
  • Disability Services
  • S5 Memorial Union
  • Columbia, MO 65211
  • Phone: (573)-882-4696
  • TTY: 573-882-8054
  • Fax: 573-884-5002
  • E-mail: disabilityservices@missouri.edu
  • Web: disabilityservices.missouri.edu

Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University offers men's wheelchair basketball and will assist disabled students mainstream into other intramural sports.

  • Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
  • Disabled Student Services
  • 900 N. Portland
  • Student Center, First Floor
  • Oklahoma City, OK 73107-6195
  • Phone: (405) 945-3385
  • Fax: (405) 945-9127
  • Adaptive Sports Coordinator: (405) 744-5510

Oklahoma - University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma has the Military Sports Program, which introduces injured soldiers to a wide variety of paraolympic sports, and the Endeavor Games, which allows disabled individuals of all ability levels to participate in a multi-sport event.

  • UCO - Disability Support Services
  • 100 N. University Drive, Box 144
  • Edmond, OK 73034
  • Phone: (405) 974-2516
  • TTY: (405) 974-2516
  • Fax: (405) 974-3894
  • UCO Wellness Center Website: http://www.ucowellnesscenter.com/

Oregon - University of Oregon

The University of Oregon has an Adaptive Sports Club, and members compete on the UO Adaptive Track Team.

  • The University of Oregon
  • Accessible Education Center
  • 164 Oregon Hall
  • 5278 University of Oregon
  • Eugene, OR 97403-5278
  • Phone: (541) 346-1155
  • Fax: (541) 346-6013
  • E-mail: uoaec@uoregon.edu
  • Adaptive Sports Website: http://pages.uoregon.edu/adaptive/

Pennsylvania - Edinboro University

Edinboro University offers men's wheelchair basketball; the team is known as the Rolling Scots.
  • Crawford Center for Health and Physical Education and Disability Resources
  • 200 Glasgow Road
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Edinboro, PA 16444
  • Phone and TTY: (814) 732-2462
  • FAX: (814) 732-2866

Pennsylvania - Penn State University

The Penn State University has a co-ed wheelchair basketball team. They have an active Ability Sports program offering a variety of other sports to disabled students.

  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Office of Disability Services
  • 116 Boucke Building
  • University Park, PA 16802
  • Phone and TTY: (814) 863-1807
  • Fax: (814) 863-3217
  • Disabililty Recreation Sports Programs: (814) 865-8375

Texas - University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington offers wheelchair basketball for men, known as the Movin' Mavs. Full athletic scholarships are offered to team players.

  • Unitersity of Texas at Arlington
  • Office for Students with Disabilities
  • 601 S. Nedderman Dr.
  • University Hall, Room 102
  • Box 19510
  • Arlington, TX 76019
  • Phone: (817) 272-3364
  • Fax: (817) 272-1447
  • Adaptive Sports Website: http://www.uta.edu/movinmavs/

Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater offers men's and women's wheelchair basketball.

  • University of Wisconsin
  • Center for Students with Disabilities
  • 800 West Main Street
  • Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
  • Phone and TTY: (262) 472-4711
  • Wheelchair Athletics Website: http://www.uww.edu/recsports/wcathletics/

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